More Volume 3 Updates

It’s almost time for Volume 3 of Inaccurate Realities to be released into the world. We’ve already shared  the five stories that made the cut for this issue but now our bonus content has been finalized as well.

As usual we’ll be printing three author interviews. This time featuring, Jessica Spotswood (author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles), Michelle Krys (Author of Hexed)  and Danielle L Jensen (author of Stolen Songbird). There are also book reviews for the recently released Half Bad by Sally Green, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski and the upcoming Born of Deception by Teri Brown (the sequel to 2013′s Born of Illusion).

We’re also shaking things up a bit with this issue. In addition to our standard 5 stories we’re publishing “Defining Justice” an exclusive prequel short to Jennifer Ellision’s upcoming novel Threats of Sky and Sea.


Threats and Sky and Sea is Ellision’s début novel. Here’s the synopsis if you want more information:

Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.

Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and unerstand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.


Volume 3 of Inaccurate Realities (Magic) is now available to pre-order! And don’t forget to add it on Goodreads.


Magic Exposed!

Volume 2 is now out in the world and we hope you’re enjoying it!

But while you’re reading we’re hard at work on Volume 3 (Magic). Last week after much deliberation we narrowed down the submissions to our final five choices and I am pleased to present them to you today.

We are very excited to be publishing:

“Cupid’s Magic” by  MK McFadden
“The Black Forest” by Kasidy Manisco
“The Killing Jar” by Jan Eldredge
“Grieftaker” by T. Eric Bakutis
“The Paper Doll” by Nancy O’Toole

Our reviews and author interviews are still being finalized but will be announced soon!

Volume 3 of Inaccurate Realities will be available April 2014 and is available for pre-order here. 

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Volume 2 is out now!

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Happy Release Day to Volume 2 of Inaccurate Realities!

Volume 2 of Inaccurate Realities features five new stories that play with the wibbly wobbly structure that is time. They take us back through history, into an unknown future and much more. Who knows what you’ll find when all of time and space is open to you!

Featuring stories by
Aspen Bassett,
Lindsey Allyson,
Tom Howard,
Ian Kenworthy
E.C. Myers

As well as interviews with YA authors Rachel Carter, Julie Cross and Tamara Ireland Stone.

Paperbacks available from / Barnes & Noble / The Book DepositoryCreateSpace / More to come!

Digital copies available from Kindle / NookSmashwords / More to come!

Or you can buy either version directly from us here.

Be sure to share thoughts with us on Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads. Happy Reading!

Volume 5 Theme Revealed!

I can’t believe it’s time to announce the theme for our fifth issue! When this issue hits shelves Inaccurate Realities will have existed for a year. I’m having a hard time even wrapping my head around that.

And what theme will be marking our one year anniversary?




Are you ready?




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Here’s the official prompt:

When you were younger did you make your parents check under the bed and in the closet before you fell asleep? What were they checking for? What kind of creatures haunt your nightmares or make you scared of the dark? Your monster(s) can be paranormal in nature – werewolves, ogres, vampires – or based in reality – clowns, giant squids, spiders – or something in between. What is it exactly that makes you scared of them? Are those things that go bump in the night what you think they are? or is there another explanation? Alternatively tell the story from the monsters perspective? How does he/she feel about their reputation? What do they really want? Do they have a secret dream? Should we fear them or pity them?

Feel free to submit any Young Adult story that fits! As always any speculative fiction genre is welcome: science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, dystopian, steampunk, cyberpunk, alternate history or even a classic re-told. And you can always check out our Pinterest board for some visual inspiration.

Submissions for Volume 5 are due August 15 2014 and guidelines can be found on our submissions page.

Can’t wait to read your stories!

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What is Young Adult anyway?

Here are Inaccurate Realities our goal is to publish young adult short fiction. Unfortunately the number one reason stories seem to get rejected is that they are not young adult (YA). If you’re about to submit a story to us stop and ask yourself the following question first: Is the protagonist in my story a young adult? Generally this means 13-18 but we’re flexible and will also look at 19-24 (or “new adult”). If your story isn’t about a character in this age range it probably isn’t YA.

But beyond the character’s age range there are other elements that are common to YA literature in general.* Young Adult literature often explores certain themes. For example, coming of age, first love, first heart break, coming out, child-parent relationships, bullying…the list goes on and on. Of course though many of these scenarios occur when we’re teens, the effects of them are felt throughout our lifetime, making many of these themes universal. Which is one of the big reasons YA is so popular with adult readers, as well as teen readers.

Before sending your story to Inaccurate Realities, double check that it fits in the Young Adult sphere. We want to see and experience the world you’ve created through the eyes of a teenager.

If you still have questions you should check out Chuck Wendig’s post “25 Things You Should Know About Young Adult Fiction

*side note: please don’t call it a genre. It’s not a genre. It’s a category made up of every genre you can think of. Seriously – all of them and then some.

Volume 2 Cover Released


The cover for Volume 2 of Inaccurate Realities (The Time Travel Issue) has been revealed!

We want to extend a huge thanks to the blogs that participated in the cover reveal: A A Omer, Ever After Esther, Just a Lil Lost, Nicole About Town, & Lost in a Great Book.

Volume 2 will be featuring the following stories, which all approach the theme of “time travel” in their own way:

“Tip of the Iceberg” by Aspen Bassett
“This Job is Only Temporary” by Lindsey Allyson
“Time Twist” by Tom Howard
“The Time Traveller’s Cat” by  Ian Kenworthy
“Shadows of my Future Self” by E.C. Myers

Plus some more author interviews and reviews to help you grow your to-be-read (TBR) pile. It will be available January 21 2014 but you can pre-order your copy here and add it to Goodreads while you wait.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the cover in the comments!

Inside the Time Travel Issue

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With the recent screening of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special this seems like the perfect time to announce the stories that will be appearing in Volume 2 of Inaccurate Realities. Otherwise known as the Time Travel issue!

We are pleased to present:

“Tip of the Iceberg” by Aspen Bassett
“This Job is Only Temporary” by Lindsey Allyson
“Time Twist” by Tom Howard
“The Time Traveller’s Cat” by  Ian Kenworthy
“Shadows of my Future Self” by E.C. Myers

Volume 2 will be out in January of 2014 but you can pre-order your copy here. And if you’re a blogger be sure to sign up for our cover reveal in December.

P.s. How awesome was that Doctor Who special?!

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Time Travel Cover Reveal


It’s that time again!

Back at the end of September, we (along with five incredibly generous bloggers) revealed the cover for Volume 1: Fear. Well, now we’re doing it all over again! We’re looking for established bloggers with a love of YA short fiction to help us debut our awesome (if I do say so myself *buffs fingernails on her shirt*) cover for Volume 2: Time Travel, which is coming out on January 21st, 2014 (mark your calendars!)

If you’re interested, just shoot us an email at, and we’ll add you to the list. We’re only looking for a few volunteers this time (we’ve already had some people step up to the plate) but if you’d like to be on the blog tour for future cover reveals, just let us know.

Info we need:

Your name/email/twitter account (because we’d love to know who you are)
Your blog name and address: (self-explanatory)

The cover reveal will be going on between December 2nd to the 6th, so if you have a date preference, please let us know.

Thanks again!

- Sara

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Fear is Here!

The day has finally come.

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The first volume of Inaccurate Realities – a new Young Adult speculative fiction magazine is now available to order!.


“For Halloween” by J. W. Zulauf
“And I Thought They Smelled Bad on the Outside” by Mackenzi Lee
“Model Citizen” by Marilyn Anne Campbell
“The Usual” by S.H. Aeschliman
“Dead Man’s Pond” by Rie Sheridan Rose

Interviews with authors Gretchen McNeil (3:59, Ten), Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood, Antigoddes) and Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer).

Reviews of A Midsummer Night’s Scream by RL Stine, Asylum by Madeleine Roux and Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Paperbacks available from / / Barnes and Noble / The Book DepositoryCreateSpace / More to come!

Digital copies available from Kindle / iBookstore / Nook / KoboDieselSmashwords / More to come!

Or you can buy either version directly from us here.

And as a thank you for supporting our first issue we want to give something back to you. If you buy a copy of our first issue (in any format) and send us proof of purchase you’ll be entered to win a copy of Antigoddess by Kendare Blake – one of our featured authors. Just send your proof of purchase to by November 15 and you’ll be entered to win (and yes it’s open internationally).

Once again thank you to everyone has supported our first issue. We hope you like it!

Issue # 4 Theme Revealed!

Our fourth issue will be released July 2014 and it’s theme is…*drum roll*…..SUPERPOWERS!


Here’s the prompt:

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? Flight? Invisibility? Telepathy? And how would you use that power – would you be a hero? Or a villain? Or are those words simply a matter of perspective? Maybe vigilantes are the way of the future. How realistic is someone like Batman anyway? Tell us an origin story. Tell us the story of a has-been. Tell us the story of superpowers in a world that looks nothing like Metropolis or Gotham. Take science fiction and make it someone’s brave new reality.

But of course you don’t have to follow the prompt. If you have a YA short story about superpowers we want to read it. Science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, dystopian, steampunk, cyberpunk, alternate history etc. we want it all!

Need some examples?

One by Leigh Ann Kopans, Hero by Perry Moore, Young Avengers, Teen Titans, Transparent by Natalie Whipple, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, The Girl Who Would be King by Kelly Thompson, Black and White by Jackie Kessler. Check out our Pinterest board for more.

Submissions for the fourth issue are due May 15th 2014 and guidelines can be found on our submission page.

Don’t forget to add our first issue, Fear, on Goodreads and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with all things Inaccurate Realities


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